Tuesday Things

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day, and are looking forward to this short work week ahead.

Our long weekend got off to a rocky start with more repair work on our kitchen ceiling, so I don’t have a new recipe to share with you today, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some other things I’ve been enjoying lately.

favorite products

1. Tribest Mason Jar Blender.

I had been using this personal blender for pureeing baby food recently, but while our kitchen is in shambles, I’ve also found it incredibly useful for making our morning smoothies! I love that there are no plastic containers to deal with– you simply blend the ingredients directly into a glass mason jar you want to drink from, so there’s no extra clean-up later. I love having no big blender container to clean!

(Disclaimer: As I mentioned before, I accepted this complimentary blender because I love the concept of using glass instead of plastic, but as always, I am under no obligation to post a positive review.)

2. Ballet Beautiful.

I can’t remember where I first heard of Ballet Beautiful, but I’m so glad I tried it out. This DVD offers four 15-minute workouts that are killer! Within the first 5 minutes, my muscles are usually crying for mercy. Mary Hellen Bowers combines everything I love about workouts like Physique 57 and Tracy Anderson, but gets right to the point with these concentrated workouts. Sometimes 15 minutes is all I have to workout with a baby, so I like to make them count!

(P.S. I bought the DVD, but it’s also currently available for FREE streaming if you have an Amazon Prime membership!)

3. Raw Shea Butter.

This is my latest experiment with natural skin care. My skin has been feeling a little dry lately from only using pure coconut oil as a face wash/moisturizer combo, so I thought I’d give pure shea butter a try. And so far, I’m really impressed! It feels much more moisturizing than the coconut oil, and includes vitamins A, E and F, without clogging pores. This shea butter is pretty thick (it kind of reminds me of playdough), but melts quickly when you rub it between your hands. I’ve only been using this for a couple of weeks so far, but I do think my skin feels more moisturized already!

4. Haan Steam Cleaner.

Our kitchen has been in shambles with the burst pipe in our ceiling. This past week, our maintenance team replaced and sanded the dry wall (which meant we had to find somewhere else to sleep with our baby), so there has been drywall dust and grime all over our floors and counter top. Thank goodness we had this steam cleaner to help sanitize the aftermath! This has also been a great excuse to give our entire home an thorough scrub down before crawling begins. (Yikes!)

I loved hearing how you all keep your own homes clean using non-toxic options, and the winner of the handheld steam cleaner has been announced at the bottom of this post.

5. Tasty Food Photography.

One of my goals this year is to learn how to take better food photos, so I was excited to find this e-book guide over at Pinch of Yum. Lindsay takes beautiful food photos, so if I can learn to take photos half as well as she does, I’ll be pretty happy.

Reader Feedback: Have you tried anything new this week?

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Laura @ Raise Your Garden

Well, I tried a bite of a chicken wing this week- and while that may not sound like a landmark achievement to most people- I live in Buffalo where it’s just expected!! I didn’t like it! I think it’s for the best though.

Love the Haan Steam cleaner, I still remember the day I discovered a steam mop, it rocked my world. I could clean my floors with no chemicals!!!

Natallia

Thanks for the post! How many times a week do you do the 15-minute workout? Would love to hear about your workout routine!

Eth

Does the Tribest mason jar blender do a decent job with smoothies? I was thinking of getting one for baby food and smoothies and wanted to know if it could tackle a green smoothie.

emily (a nutritionist eats)

I loved the Tasty Food Photography book, I think you’ll like it! (Checking out ballet beautiful on amazon now!)

Amanda

Oh my goodness, I love the look of Tasty Food Photography! I have a nice camera but am just trying to figure out manual mode. My food pictures definitely look like her ‘before’ pictures on her page and could use some help. Love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Susan

I use coconut oil as my moisturizer too and noticed this past winter, it wasn’t cutting it, my skin was still a bit dry. I added hemp seed oil into the rotation and it is brilliant. I use straight coconut oil on my face during the day. On the rest of my body, I use 50/50 coconut oil and hemp seed oil. At night, I use straight hemp seed oil on my face. Would highly recommend giving it a try — smells a bit woody at first but that disappears quickly.

Katey

Thanks for the tip on Shea Butter! I’ve been using coconut oil as a face wash/moisturizer, but I feel that it’s been drying my skin – or that may be pregnancy hormones. I’ll be ordering shea butter soon!

kezia

great tip about shea butter, I have bee using my homemade blend of essential oils, coconut and olive oil but i love trying new stuff out:) I have been loving hemp seed this week – hemp milk is totally my new obsession!

Jenny

Still a bit confused that coconut oil actually dried my skin since it’s oil….happily got myself a lifesaver from Lush! Love their products, at least the ones without chemicals.

http://www.lushusa.com/Full-of-Grace/04063,en_US,pd.html#start=4

Brittney @ Exploring Healthy Foods

That blender looks awesome! I will have to check it out! I love that e-book as well! So helpful!
Brittney

Brittany

Thanks for the tip about the shea butter. I’ve been using coconut oil as my face moisturizer for about a year. It used to be really moisturizing but I’ve been noticing my skin is really dry lately, especially around my mouth and chin. I started using argan oil to see if it would help but I’m still feeling dry. I’ll have to try the shea butter.

Katie @ Produce on Parade

Oh man, Ballet Beautiful can be killer for sure. Such simple movements, but so exhausting!!

jacqui

How do you keep the ingredients from spilling out on your mason jar blender? Turn the whole thing upside down? B/4 removing the jar? I’d like to try it but….
Thanks

    Megan

    The blades screw on to the top of the glass separately, creating an airtight lid, so there’s no spilling when you flip it upside down!

Amy

I have been using Raw Shea butter since about 2006. For me it is much better than coconut oil. If you take combine raw shea and cocoa butter the results are even better. Some other great butters are: Kokum, aloe, avocado, mango,Babassu, Illipe,Cupuacu,Murumuru, and Bacuri. Yes, I know my butters. I love to use them on my face and skin. It is so much better than putting all of those chemicals on your skin. It is best to get them raw. Some are hard, so you do need to melt them.

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